By Associated Press
November 26, 2022
The 35-year-old Messi is apt playing successful his past World Cup.
Lionel Messi came up with different important extremity for Argentina successful a 2-0 triumph implicit Mexico connected Saturday that ignited the team's World Cup chances.
Messi took a interaction from Angel Di Maria's walk crossed the look of the country and drove a debased changeable from 25 meters (yards) into the bottommost country successful the 64th minute.
He ran toward Argentina's fans with his arms outstretched arms earlier getting mobbed by his jubilant teammates. He looked affectional arsenic helium grabbed and shook his jersey, past blew a buss to the assemblage earlier whirling his arms.
Substitute Enzo Fernandez added a 2nd extremity successful the 87th minute.
Argentina bounced backmost from a shocking 2-1 nonaccomplishment to Saudi Arabia in its opening match. The squad is successful 2nd spot successful Group C up of its past lucifer against Poland connected Wednesday and mightiness request to triumph it to advance.
The 35-year-old Messi is apt playing successful his past World Cup, which is the lone large rubric missing from his collection.
It was an eighth World Cup extremity for Messi — the aforesaid fig scored successful the tourney by rival Cristiano Ronaldo and besides Diego Maradona, the Argentina large with whom helium is truthful often compared.
For some, Messi needs to triumph the World Cup to articulation the ranks of Pele and Maradona arsenic soccer's top ever players. Thanks to this win, it could inactive happen.
Until his goal, Messi was enduring a frustrating match, uncovering himself with 2 defenders connected him each clip helium received the ball.
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni made 5 changes from the Saudi Arabia crippled successful a bid to inject immoderate much vigor into the squad but they initially made small difference.
The momentum of the crippled changed wholly aft Messi's goal, his 93rd successful internationals and his 2nd of the tourney aft a punishment against Saudi Arabia.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press.